Skip to main content

tv   ABC World News With Diane Sawyer  ABC  July 27, 2011 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT

6:30 pm
tonight on "world news," air outrage. backlash as major airlines make a money grab from customers. passengers are furious, and we get answers. enough is enough. the stock market has its worst day in two months as house speaker john boehner blows his top at tea party diehards, telling them, it's time to get moving on the debt deal. help arrives and so does hope. we have the only american anchor on the ground with the miracle workers as abc news calls the world's attention to the worst human crisis on the globe tonight. healthy living. can you guess who the most stressed out person in america is? and how saving their life might save yours? and, yep dip's alex trebek hurt chasing a burglar. he's all right, but we'll tell you what happened.
6:31 pm
good evening. as you know, it's summer travel season. airline tickets are so expensive. and now a rebellion by passengers who say their pockets are being picked. major airlines are keeping a $200 million a week windfall from taxpayers. the last straw for travelers who are already paying fees for everything from bags to blankets and pillows. abc's lisa stark set out to get answers. >> reporter: today at the airport, passengers were surprised to learn that airlines are gobbling up money they could have been saving on their tickets. >> it's not fair. and they should really do the right thing for their customers. >> reporter: here's what's going on. congressional pickers has partially shut down the faa. since last friday, the agency has not been collecting a host of government taxes that are included in every ticket. but instead of passing that
6:32 pm
savings along, most airlines have raised fares and are pocketing the difference. what do you think about that? >> i don't think that's fair. >> reporter: taxes respect 7.5% of the ticket price. and there are government fees on top of that. it's not chump change. that brings in nearly $30 million a day. money passengers could be saving. today, lawmakers blasted the airlines for profiting off the tax holiday. >> i'm offended. i think it's shameful on their part. >> reporter: none of the air carriers would talk to us on camera about their fare hikes. so, we went to their trade association for answers. but isn't this really pulling a fast one? i mean, you're raising prices and were able to because this tax went away. >> airlines regularly raise fares and adjust their icing. that's just the way the market works. >> reporter: the industry says it needs the extra money to stay profitable a a argues passengers aren't paying more than they did a week ago.
6:33 pm
when the tax comes back are you going to lower my fare so i'm still not paying more? >> well, i can't speak to future pricing initiatives. there's no way to tell. >> reporter: not every airline has joined the party. alaska airlines, for one, is passing on the savings. >> we're trying to provide value for our customersnd this was just a fantastic opportunity. that was not money that we were pocketing in the first place. >> reporter: now, here's the bottom line. if you're buying a ticket today and the average round trip fare, about $370, well, you should be saving about $32 of that. but guess what? you're not. because the airlines are pocketing most of it. no way for you to get that money back. and diane, no way to know how long this will go on. >> lisa stark, we thank you tonight. and now, the latest on the debt standoff. and finally, the speaker of the house decides to crack the whip as the clock shows five days until the deadline. house speaker john boehner unleashed a tirade against members of his own party. tea party republicans who have
6:34 pm
been blocking action. will it work? abc's jon karl on capitol hill tonight. >> reporter: diane, this is john boehner's biggest test as speaker of the house. he's got to convince those tea party republicans to support his plan to raise the debt ceiling. john boehner is cracking the whip. he convened a meeting of all 240 house republicans today. sources who were there tell abc he had a blunt message for tea partiers. get your ass in line, he said. i can't do this job unless you are behind me. that's what gets you in line? >> we are a team. we are about trying to move the country toward. >> reporter: some of john boehner's tea partiers don't believe the warnings. >> armageddon midnight, august 3 is simply not the case. it's not true. >> reporter: kevin mccarthy urged republicans to unite behind boehner's plan by showing
6:35 pm
this clip from the movie "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it now and we're going to hurt some people. >> whose car are we going to take? >> reporter: allen west liked what he heard. >> so, i got up and told the speaker i'll drive the car. >> reporter: but wait a minute. the people in the movie then go out and start beating people. and that has democrats crying foul. >> who are they planning to hurt? unfortunately that short clip from "the town" tells you everything you need to know about their approach of the negotiations. >> it's a movie. it's not reality. so get a life. >> reporter: many tea partiers were elected promising never to raise the debt ceiling. but now, just days away from default, they seem to be falling in line. >> you got to claim a win when you can claim a win. >> reporter: they may now support boehner's plan, but don't count on them to support a com promize with democrats. are you willing to compromise anymore? >> this is it. >> reporter: that big house vote
6:36 pm
on boehner's bill i i expected tomorrow. we still don't know if he's convinced enough tea partiers to get it passed. they think they have the votes, diane, but this is going to be very close. >> jon, thank you. i want to bring someonene in wh has been making phone calls all day, "gma" anchor george stephanopoulos. is a breakthrough afoot, george? >> reporter: most democrats and republicans believe boehner is going to win this vote, it would be a big win for him. but the only thing it guarantees is anonoer round of negotiations, because the democratic majority in the senate won't pass this bill and the president won't sign it. >> what's next? >> reporter: a lot of talk. assuming this passes, there will be another round of negotiations. no certainty yet if this will happen at the white house or just among leaders on capitol hill. but it comes down to one big question. who is going to blink? will the president accept another vote on the debt limit before the next election or will the republicans accept another way to guarantee the cut? and both sides are counting on
6:37 pm
the other side blinking. that is not determined yet. >> so, this is going to go on. they are really testing the nerves of the american people. >> reporter: absolutely. through the whole weekend. for the fifit time, i heard some talk of trying to pass a short-term extension tohe debt ceiling, two days, three days week to get more negotiations. >> okay, george, thank you. and the nerves are being tested of the stock market, which delivered a warning about the debt standoff. investors beginning to send a message. the dow industrials dropping almost 200 points today, down 378 in the past three days. abc's jim avila on that story again tonight. >> reporter: the market is telling washington it is losing faith. a steady erosion of stock prices, loudly warning a costly crash could be on the horizon. that would damage not just wall street but people like tom and betty, who live off social security, pension and their 401(k). money they plan to use for the next 30 years and are now worried it's in jeopardy because
6:38 pm
of washington dysfunction. >> we average american seniors that are retired will have to cut back. >> reporter: some analysts are now warning that if you cannot stomach a substantial short-term loss, stocks are not for you today. >> this is tough medicine to hear, but you probably shouldn't have money in the stock market that you can't afford to lose more than 10%. >> reporter: so, where should nervous investors park their money? move away from volatile tech stocks. >> reporter: flashy startups. invest in blue chip stocks. >> you can get great bargains on conservative stocks right now. it seems like all the more reason to go conservativconserv. >> reporter: dead's down day on wall street was the largest drop in two months. the mood on the floor was described as tense. the good news is, this is not an unstopopble downward spiral. in fact, what the market is telling washington is that a deal could turn things around in a day. >> so, we're not in what someone
6:39 pm
called a financial china syndrome. >> reporter: not yet. >> okay, thank you, jim. and now we change topics, because, as you know, abc news was the first american network to travel to the scene of one of the biggest human crises on the world. we told the world about parents carrying children 100 miles to save them from famine in africa. and now, tonight, we can tell you the first emergency air lift has made it into somalia. 14 tons of food and supplies for families and children. and weekend anchor david muir is the only american anchor to travel in with one team, saving lives, at the dadaab refugee camp in kenya. 400,000 people needing help. david? >> reporter: diane, good evening. as you know, this is the worst famine in a generation here. it's estimated up to 1,500 people make that journey from somalia into kenya every day. the vast majority of whom are mothers and their children. and today, when we landed with the u.n., we discovered doctors,
6:40 pm
nurses, entire teams here, literally feeding the children back to life. we boarded the u.n. plane in nairobi kenya this morningnd the view out the window, the parched landscape. we were able to land where hundredsdsf thousands have already arrived, by foot. some walking more than 100 miles, barefoot in blistering heat, carrying their children to food and freedom. the dust couldn't hide the dire need here. but this is what they are walking to. hope for their children. can you see a difference, though? you can see it almost immediately? >> oh, yeah, you can see within a day or two sometimes you see some of the children are sitting up. >> reporter: today, doctors without bordered allowed our cameras into their intensive care unit. extraordinarily rare that it's actually raining right now as we walk through the hospital. and around the corner here are the children who they are now feeding. the children who have just come to the hospital for help. that flash of rain, a hopeful moment where it's needed. we turn the corner and met the
6:41 pm
mother and her 8 month old, the baby's blank stare. when the eyelids are half closed like that, it means malnutrition? yes, he tells me, a sign of malnutrition. this clinic worker listens to a baby girl's heartbeat. she came in one week ago from somalia. she and her sisters were starving. you watched them get better in front of your own eyes? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: have you seen it like this before? >> no. no. >> reporter: this doctor, a surgeon from illinois, now helping here. she shows us the baby wrapped in a special heating blanket, even in this stifling desert, keeping her tiny body going. another key here, a simplee supplement made of peanuts and milk powder, saving lives one meal at a time. and there was this baby. while we could see only the outline of her fragile body, the hospital director saw something else. she was sitting up for the first time. and she's gained a whole pound. she's been here two days?
6:42 pm
the third day and you can say she's going to be okay? >> yes. she's going to be okay. >> reporter: diane, it was really extraordinary to see these children brought back and in just a matter of days. and doctors without borders says it has a powerful tool in its arsenal, the meal in a package for children who are severely mall nourished. they gave children two of these a day, less than a dollar it costs to do that. a tiny piece of hope in a region desperate for help here. diane? >> david, thank you. i know you'll continue reporting and, again, less than a dollar a day. if you want to donate money to help b b more of that life-saving food and other needed supplies through organizations like doctors without borders, it's all there, easy to do, at go right to our website. and still ahead on "world news," we're going to introduce you to the most stressed out person in america. could saving that person help save your life?
6:43 pm
and we'll tell you which movie you picked as the saddest movie of all time. the answer ahead. and are you kidding? how did the umpire miss what we all saw? [ male announcer ] every day, thousands of people are switching from tylenol to advil. here's one story. i'm m an. i switched to advil 10 months ago. cyclists a a a crazy bunch. when you're out there trying to push to your limits, you have some pain and it can be really vicious. i really like advil because it takes care of it all. neck, shoulder pain and definitely with cycling, lower back pain. i switched to advil and i've stuck with it. it works when i need it to. [ male announcer ] make the switch. take action. take advil. summertime is now a happy time. when we can eat what we want and sleep soundly through the night. prevacid®24hr prevents the acid that causes frequent heartburn,
6:44 pm
all day, all night.
6:45 pm
prevacid®24hr prevents the acid that causes frequent heartburn, sometimes life can be, well, a little uncomfortable, but when it's hard or hurts to go to the bathroom, there's dulcolax stool softener. dulcolax stool softener doesn't make you go... it just makes it easier to go. dulcolax stool softener. make yourself comfortable. i just transferred a prescription to cvs because they have care 1on1. it's where the pharmacist stops and talks to me about safety and saving money with generic prescriptions. laura, let's talk about ssible side effects. it's all about me. love that. get care 1on1 and talk savings, safety, and side effects when you transfer or fill a new, ongoing prescription. i'm laura, and this is my cvs. it's all mine. in healthy living tonight, the results are in, and we now know the most stressed out
6:46 pm
person in this whole country. someone at risk of shortingenen their own life. and here's abc's linsey davis to tell us. >> reporter: who would you guess is the most stressed out person in america? a fireman? stockbroker? an air traffic controller? think again. chances are you know the person, and she looks something like debbie watkins. >> it's "oh wow, i'm not spending enough time with my mom. "then if i try to spend more time with her, then i'm thinking, "wow, my kids need more of my time, or my husband, or my job." >> reporter: let me give you a headline -- medical experts say this could be the first generation of women who do not outlive their male counterparts by five to seven years. according to the galiup-healthways well-being index, middle-aged american women have the lowest well-being of any age group or sex. and this is why. >> let's go, let's go. >> reporter: debbie gets up with the sun. her kidding still live at home. she works a full-time job.
6:47 pm
takes her lunch break to visit her mom who recently suffered a stroke and is trying to balance her marriage all while attempting to stay healthy. >> yeah, those days, i want to find a corner and curl myself up and get away from everybody and everything. >> reporter: this is a wakeup call for middle-aged women to change their behavior now. >> women need to take care of themselves first. the old adage when you're flying on a plane, put your own oxygen mask on first before you assist others. >> reporter: gail sheehy writes for "usa today" and recently wrote an today's mid-life woman. >> they're not making healthy choices and they don't think they can, because they would feel too guilty from taking the time away from caring for their families. >> reporter: so, what is a woman like debbie to do? >> well, she has to get other people to trade off with her. and then she will do it for them because their parents are going to need help too. >> reporter: she calls it a circle of care, essentially carpooling the stress in all our lives. where relatives and friends pitch in to help each other. she also recommends at least one
6:48 pm
hour of me time each day to do something for yourself. debbie has already taken some of this advice to heart, and in doing so, could be adding years to her life. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> and bless the caregivers. coming up, alex trebek, what is he doing on crutches? coming up, alex trebek, what is he doing on crutches? the answer ahead. so i wasn't playing role i, but with advair, i'm breathing better so now i can take the lead on a science adventure. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator, working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis
6:49 pm
and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood prprsure before taking advair. if you're still having difficulty breathing, take the lead. ask your doctor if including advair could help improve your lung function. get your first full prescription free and save on refills at that's how it is with alzheimer's disease. she needs help from me. and her medication. the exelon patch -- it releases medication continuously for twenty-four hours. she uses one exelon patch daily for the treatment of mild to moderate alzheimer's symptoms. [ female announcer ] it cannot change the course of the disease. hospitalization and rarely death have been reported in patients who wore more than one patch at a time. the most common side effects of exelon patch
6:50 pm
are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. the likelihood and severity of these side effects may increase as the dose increases. patients may experience loss of appetite or weight. patients who weigh less than 110 pounds may experience more side effects. people at risk for stomach ulcers who take certain other medicines should talk to their doctor because serious stomach problems such as bleeding may worsen. people with cererin heart conditions may experience slow heart rate. [ woman ] whenever i needed her, she was there for me. now i'm here for her. [ female announcer ] ask the doctor about your loved one tryyg the exelon patch. visit to learn more. i thought i was invincible. i'm ononn aspirin regimen now because i never want to feel that helplessness again. i thought i was invincible. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. talk to your doctor, and take care of what you have to take care of. and we have word tonight that "jeopardy" host alec trebek was the one who escaped
6:51 pm
jeopardy. how did he end up on crutches? >> the answer is -- at 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall at my san francisco hotel until my achilles tendon ruptured and i fell in a heap to the carpeting, bruising my other leg in the process. >> so glad he's all right. the burglar snuck into his room, stole money and belongings. they were returned. but he's expected to be in the cast for six weeks. and it's been a gateway for our nation's wounded soldiers for 102 years and now water reed army medical center is closing its doors. today, a ceremony to mark the mile the stone. its halls filled with history. presidents come sole troops there and sought treatment there, eisenhower and nixon were
6:52 pm
patients. next month, the staff and patients will move to other hospitals in maryland and virginia. and, last night, we showed you what scientists said was the single saddest movie scene of all time. theyeasured it by tears. rick key schroeder in "the champ." but we asked for your picks. so, what were your top five? here they come. number five, "sophie's choice." number four, "terms of endearment." that was my choice, by the way. number three, "steel magnolias." number two, "imitation of life." and can we have a drum roll a a ththkleenex? number one,our pick, "old yeller." >> we can't just shoot him like he was nothing. don't you understand? >> "old yeller" it was, from all of you. and coming up, do you know about that awful blunder? we wondered today, how do you i'm p elson, pro golfer. if you have painful, swollen joints, i've been in your shoes. one day i'm on p of the world...
6:53 pm
the next i'm saying... i have this thing called psoriatic arthritis. i had some intense pain. it progressively got worse. my rheumatologist told me about enbrel. i'm surprised how quickly my symptoms have been managed. [ male announcer ] because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. don't start enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. tell your doctor if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis b, have been treated for heart failure, or if, while on enbrel, you experience persistent fever, bruising, bleeding, or paleness. get back to the things that matter most. good job girls. ask your rheumatologist if enbrel is right for you. i don't always have time to eat like i should. that's why i like glucerna shakes.
6:54 pm
they have slowly digestible carbs to help minimize blood sugar spikes, [ male announcer ] glucerna. helping people with diabetes find balance. [ male announcer ] an everyday moment can turn romantic anytime. and when it does, men with erectile dysfunction can be more confident in their ability to be ready with cialis for daily use. ♪ cialis for daily use is a clinically proven low-dose tablet you take every day so you can be ready anytime the moment's right. ♪ tell your doctor about your medical condition and all medications, and ask if you're healthy enough for sexual activity. don't take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. [ man ] do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stomach, delayed backache, or muscle ache. to avoid long-term injury, seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than 4 hours. if you have any sudden decrease or loss in hearing or vision, stop taking cialis and call your doctor right away.
6:55 pm
[ male announcer ] ask your doctor if cialis for daily use is right for you. for a 30-tablet free trial offer, go to whose non-stop day starts with back pain... and a choice. take advil now and maybe up to four in a day. or choose aleve and two pills for a day free of pain. way to go, coach. ♪ and finally tonight, think you had a bad day? well, what about being responsible for this? a big game that goes 19 innings, more than six hours, and because of you, the call that ends it all was wrong. here's "gma" news anchor josh elliott.
6:56 pm
>> reporter: it was an umpire's worst nightmare. an unquestionably bad call made at the most inopportune times. >> and they got him. no! he called him safe! >> reporter: the images seem so crystal clear. there's the throw. the collision and the tag. plainly obvious to all who saw it except jerry meals. the only man whose opinion mattered. >> he called him safe! >> how can you end a game -- >> you've got to be kidding me, jerry meals. >> reporter: no sooner had meals gotten it all wrong, there was a cry for instant replay, that referendum on human imprecision. and while replay has found a home in pro football, baseball continues to mostly cling to its roots, when only men, however fallible, judged balls and strikes, safe and out, fair and foul. something jim joyce knows all o well. he's out -- no, he's safe.
6:57 pm
when joyce called jason donald safe with one out to go in a game last june, it cost a detroit pitcher a perfect game and a place in history. joyce, like peoples today, was left to make peace with his gaffe, though galarraga's forgiveness largely spared joyce a public flogging. >> i had to man up and do the right thing. >> reporter: and while certitude is the goal, it is also rather undramatic. as we saw last night, it's the rare times when the boys in blue get it wrong. and, so, inspire reaction wholly inappropriate for just a game, that we're reminded how much we care. how greatthrilling and soul-crushing our past time can be. all in the same instant. and, again, late this afternoon, jerry peoples said categorically, i got it wrong. and baseball officials say meals will face no further punishment nor will they fully embrace
6:58 pm
instant replay. diane, seeming to prefer their game perfectly imperfect. >> i hope his optometrist is in for the appointment. >> reporter: i hope so, too. >> thank you, josh. and thank you all for watching. we're always on at don't forget, "nightline" later. and, of course, we will see you right back here tomorrow night. until then, have a wonderful day tomorrow and a great night.
6:59 pm
captioned by closed captioning services, inc.
disc Borrow a DVD of this show
info Stream Only
Uploaded by
TV Archive
on 8/15/2011